Player Performance Analysis: Aguero vs Chelsea

Player Performance Analysis: Aguero vs Chelsea

Manchester City are riding high after their splendid 3-0 victory against defending champions Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium last Sunday. Aguero’s first goal gave City the right foundation, and the party continued, as Kompany and Fernandinho scored. Pellegrini looked a happy man as his team delivered right from the start. One man in particular was exceptional and that would be Sergio Aguero.


Up until half-time, stats showed that Chelsea had zero shots attempted on target whereas the four attempted shots from City’s side were all Aguero’s work. His footwork was brilliant and he looked dangerous. In fact, it might even be said that he is one of the standout forwards in the league until this point.

With David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Sterling, Manchester City boasts of a formidable attack. However, according to Manuel Pellegrini, Aguero is “priceless in the strictest sense of the term” and that the team will not be looking to sell him any time soon. Based on his performances so far, why would anybody want to sell him?

Pellegrini believes that Aguero is now showing signs of hitting his peak, at the age of 27, after starting a new diet and fitness regime last summer. It looks like it all worked as he scored a career-best 31 goals last season and has started this season on the right foot. Although Barcelona and Real Madrid have expressed that they would be interested in the Argentinian forward, Pellegrini believes that Aguero is here to stay.

Despite starting on the bench against West Brom due to his Copa America stint this summer, last season’s Golden Boot winner was back in the starting line-up against Jose Mourinho’s team.

He had quite a lot of chances to score before he actually managed to deliver the ball in the net. He managed to impress the fans and haters alike with his agility and pace. He also gelled well with Sterling and Silva.

Comparisons between Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero were underway prior to the match. The most obvious difference was this: Aguero’s focus was primarily on scoring goals, whereas Costa’s focus appeared to be solely on fighting with people.  Even though Costa failed to pose any threat to City’s back four, Mourinho only had the even more stagnant Radamel Falcao to call on as back-up.

Aguero was constantly in motion against, perhaps, the strongest defence in the league, yet he managed to get the better of them. He looked motivated and determined after starting on the bench at West Brom and Pellegrini deserves credit for his management. Gary Cahill looked tortured on every level as he tried to contain Aguero’s game.

Will Aguero continue to embark on this sumblime form?